Landscape Mystery, circa late 1980s

I’ve had a very, very long day and one of the most curious pieces of it was the discovery in the HMRC of these shots from the WoodAllen Collection, ostensibly of the Med Center but clearly showing the Main and University corner of campus. I’m not totally sure of the date–somewhere late 80s to mid-90s seems likely–but what in the heck is going on in the area next to the old stadium??

Here’s a closer look at it. Does anyone know why it was mown in this fashion?


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9 Responses to Landscape Mystery, circa late 1980s

  1. Charles says:

    Well, they used to play intramural sports on those fields around that time. Like ultimate frisbee, touch football, powder puff, that kind of thing.

  2. David Gano says:

    That’s right. I lived there in Wiess’s Tennis Court Wing during my time (84-88) and could see many a football game off the balcony.

  3. Hannes Hofer says:

    Could it be the creation of the detention pond which is there now?

  4. Richard Miller, BA '75, MEE '76 says:

    Could be the remnants of the Rice baseball field prior to construction of Cameron Field. I know the baseball field was in that location when I was there and Cameron field was built in 1978

  5. loki_the_bubba says:

    Also, in the second photo you can see two small circles, one on either side of Harris Gully, mown into the grass. This was used for chipping practice in the golf portion of the PE class we were required to take.

    • marmer01 says:

      Yeah, I agree, that looks sort of golf-practicy to me.

      • Steve Lukingbeal, Hanszen 76 says:

        I agree too. It was golf practice landscaping. Have you ever tried to putt or do chip shots in 8” St. Augustine grass intermingled with several
        of the native prairie weeds which can grow 5” in a day?

  6. grungy1973 says:

    That’s not dirt – that’s either sand or oyster shell. Sand seems much likelier.
    You can see some dirt between the pathway and the steel building behind the track stadium – dirt is darker.
    Were they filling in parts of William Rice’s marsh?
    I had a vague memory of some kind of tournament played in that area of campus, but I haven’t found a search that turns up manageable results.

  7. John Miner -Sid ‘88 says:

    Those were intramural fields then; my fellow Sid Men & I played many a football, softball, and soccer game there in the mid to late ‘80s.

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